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Otago Rail Trail: What the Guidebooks Don’t Tell You

For avid bikers and cycling enthusiasts who are constantly seeking spectacular trails with amazing views, the Otago Rail Trail tour is something to add to your bucket list. It is one of the most scenic bike trails in the world, not just in New Zealand. It is therefore not a surprise why thousands of bikers and tourists flock to New Zealand each year to explore this trail.
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If you are new to exploring the Otago Rail Trail tour, you probably read tourist guide books to know what to expect. While you think you already know what to expect, you might be in for a big surprise. Below are some of the things that you need to know about that could make or break your experience exploring the trail route:
You’re Going to be in a Lot of Discomfort
Even the most experienced cyclists will be dealing with a lot of pain in your bum when you explore this trail for 3 to 5 days. It is part of the harsh reality of exploring this trail that most bikers don’t know about and therefore aren’t prepared for. To ensure that you can overcome this painful riding experience, you need to come in ready.
One of the first things you need to do before you take on this bike trail is to install a gel seat on your bike. The gel will provide extra cushion you need to support your buttocks from the throughout the ride, no matter how rough some parts of the bike trail might get. If you cannot find a gel seat cushion, you can look for padded neoprene zip on seat covers instead. A lot of bike shops sell those so you should have no trouble looking for one. Other options to ensure seat comfort include foam padding and bubble wrap.
Watch Out for Magpies
When you start off on this trail, you wouldn’t normally see them. But mid-way through your cycle, you will be surprised at how they all of a sudden show up. Some would even dive bomb you, which can catch you off-guard if you’re not aware. This can be potentially dangerous especially when you are trudging on challenging parts of the trail. Always be on the lookout for them!
It’s Not an Easy Trail
Despite having some of the most beautiful and romantic sceneries to enjoy along the trail route, the surface is challenging. It’s one of the most challenging bike trail routes in New Zealand. The surface you will be dealing with a range from rocky to gravelly and rough. You will be in for a rude awakening if you come in thinking you’d be cycling through a smooth track surface. You need to keep your attention on the road at all times to avoid any unnecessary accidents.
There Are Lots of Animals
When exploring the Otago Rail Trail tour, magpies are not the only ones you will be forced to deal with. There are occasional herds of sheep, lamb, and cows that wander about the streets – right on the line of your trail route. Aside from trying not to crash into them, you will also be dealing with a lot of their droppings on the route.
These are just some of the ugly side of exploring this trail. With proper preparation, you should be able to survive the challenge. Plus, the scenery along the way is going to make this little sacrifice worth it! For more information, visit their website at:

Published by Rebecca Reynolds

Currently in love with cycling. Obsessed with creating helpful stuff.